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  • Best Advice I've Ever Received

    by Virginia Rendler | Mar 08, 2017
    <p>I think that I want to talk about the best advice I&rsquo;ve ever received. That seems like a generic prompt you&rsquo;d find for people looking to break writer&rsquo;s block, which is I guess what I was looking for when I Googled &lsquo;prompts to break writer&rsquo;s block.&rsquo;</p> <p>So, I don&rsquo;t think I know what the best advice I&rsquo;ve ever received is, which is a solid start. I could come up with some good advice, and some bad advice, but I don&rsquo;t know if I have <em>best </em>advice. Like world shaking, life changing advice, advice so good that you never have another question about how to live. So I should probably lower my standards.</p> <p>Considering this, I&rsquo;ll just talk about some good advice I&rsquo;ve gotten, or things that have stuck with me about life in general. Ready? Okay! </p> <ol> <li><strong>Don&rsquo;t grocery shop when you&rsquo;re hungry.</strong> I like to think of this one both literally and figuratively. Don&rsquo;t go to Costco if you&rsquo;re craving fruit snacks, and don&rsquo;t make a ton of commitments when you&rsquo;re free. I&rsquo;ve made this mistake a couple times, felt under-involved and bored with life, so I&rsquo;ve signed myself up for a million things that all ended up happening at once. </li> <li><strong>&ldquo;You&rsquo;d worry less about what people think if you knew how seldom they do.&rdquo;&nbsp;</strong>This one is a David Foster Wallace quote so get ready for pretentiousness. So when you&rsquo;re getting dressed and you like your outfit but are worried people will judge you for it, just think about the last time someone&rsquo;s outfit affected you in any way. Probably wasn&rsquo;t recently. In fact, try to picture what your best friend wore two days ago. If you can&rsquo;t remember that, chances are strangers aren&rsquo;t thinking too much about your clothes. </li> <li><strong>Happiness is not a choice.</strong> Anyone who tells you that happiness is all a matter of perspective knows basically nothing about mental illness. If you physically cannot be happy, it is not your fault</li> <li><strong>Wear sunscreen and floss. </strong>I&rsquo;m not gonna do it and maybe neither are you, but I figured it should be included. All dermatologists and dentists reading this, there you go!</li> <li><strong>You never have to answer &lsquo;favorite&rsquo; questions. </strong>If someone asks you your favorite food, or color, or memory, you don&rsquo;t have to answer. That&rsquo;s way too much pressure, and you should feel free to tell them that. In that vein, tell people when something is overwhelming or you don&rsquo;t want to talk about something. Usually they will be more accommodating than you expect, and if they&rsquo;re not then they probably don&rsquo;t deserve to talk to you.</li> <li><strong>Dance with the person you came with. </strong>This one I like to think less in a sense of hang out with your prom date all night, but more like if your mom drives you and your friend to the mall, don&rsquo;t ignore her and just talk to your friend. This one is tough for me, but I promise just treat everyone like a person and things will be better for everyone. </li> <li><strong>All advice is useless. </strong>Unsolicited advice should be taken with a grain of salt. If someone starts listing advice and no one asked, they probably think too much of themselves.&nbsp;</li> </ol> <img src="/images/default-source/social-media-and-official-blogs/virginiarendler.jpg?sfvrsn=3b8bb362_2" data-displaymode="Original" alt="VirginiaRendler" title="VirginiaRendler" /><br /> <p><em>Virginia Rendler &rsquo;20 is a Peace Studies major, and is hoping to double major in English, as well as double minor in Spanish and Visual Art. She loves animals and is a Leo.&nbsp;</em></p>